Ice Spice

Matching Curls and Eye Shadow: Ice Spice’s Bold Looks


Sep. 8 2023, Published 8:22 p.m. ET

Ice Spice, or as Nicki Minaj calls her, the “people’s princess,” has built a reputation for being stylish and a fashion trendsetter. She has curated a supremely stylish wardrobe that effortlessly epitomizes her fashion sense. Whether she is rocking a sheer panel mini skirt or a dress with cutouts, she’s mesmerizing to look at.

And always with a purse in her hand everywhere she goes, she rarely drops her high fashion standards. Whether on the red carpet or a night out, she’ll wear something photogenic for onlookers. Her minimum standards are above the standards of many of her peers.

It’s also worth sparing some superlatives for her hair game. Spice is renowned for her signature orange ‘fro, which has now become her calling card. In a branding sense, she has created a look that’s undeniably hers. Even if she shifts her hair from a turmeric-orange hue to a bright paprika-red, we would recognize her from a mile away.

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Matching Her Hair Style with Makeup

At the 2023 iHeartRadio Music Awards, Spice set the standards for coordinating makeup and hair. To be specific, matching hair color with eyeshadow. She also showed how to match hair color with eye shadow without looking monochromic and one-dimensional.

While matching hair color with eyeshadow isn’t new, it’s her matching of hues that made her makeup that much more special. She had styled her hair in her signature ginger curly afro.

She used a sunny orange eyeshadow that perfectly matched and complemented her hairdo and color.

Her overall makeup was well thought out, creating a simple, subtle appearance that stood out on the red carpet. Her makeup artist used intense orange pigments around the corners of her eyes, gradually fading inwards. The orange did much of the heavy lifting in her overall look. Shimmering gold pigments were sprinkled along her lash line, lifting the shine a tad bit more and allowing the orange to blend with her skin tone.

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Given the subtlety of the eyeshadow, it was easy for a prominent lipliner color to distract the overall look. Instead, she wore a brown lipliner complemented with a beige that mellowed her lip makeup, allowing the eyes to stand out.

Aside from setting new standards for matching hair and eyeshadow color, she showed that you don’t need to stick to the typical pastels to look good. You can deviate from the usual color palette.

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Matching Curls and Eyeshadow with any Outfit

The subtleties of her makeup worked perfectly with the two outfits she wore at the award show. She stepped on the red carpet in a figure-hugging monochrome striped dress inspired by Jean Paul Gaultier. The alternating black and white stripes contoured around her body, creating an optical illusion silhouette of her hips, burst, and hemline. She completed the look with black tights and a pair of peep-toe platforms.

Her ensemble was perfectly on-brand with the show’s theme colors – black, white, and red.

Later on, she changed into a full-length, figure-hugging orange mesh dress backstage before heading on stage to present Taylor Swift with the Song of the Year award.

Whether your hair is blonde, flaming red, black, or brunette, or you have a statement color, as Spice does, you can match your crown with a pastel eyeshadow sporting a similar hue and look stunning. You can Spice up your makeup game too!

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